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Dave Douglas: At Home

Dave Douglas

Brooklyn’s Park Slope region is as laid-back as its name, befitting the serene demeanor of one of its residents, trumpeter Dave Douglas. “It’s a residential neighborhood, about a block from Prospect Park, which is a fairly wild expanse of green in Brooklyn,” Douglas says as an airplane roars by. “As you can hear, there’s a flight path overhead. It’s a really mellow neighborhood, and there are a lot of musicians who live here. It’s, maybe, 20 minutes by subway from downtown Manhattan.”

Douglas has lived in Park Slope for 10 years, seeing it transform from an artists’ community to one of the hottest real-estate areas in New York City. Douglas bought his current place about three years ago. “It’s a [three-bedroom] apartment in an old clock factory, which I think is really kind of cool and ironic: we’re always practicing with a metronome and worried about timekeeping,” he laughs. “It’s not like a brownstone building; it’s a factory and the ceilings are high, so in between floors there are these concrete barriers, which makes it such that I have a room that I can practice in.”

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